Lam Takong Jolabhavadhana Hydro Power Plant at Nakhon Ratchasima


Abstract:

Lam Takong Jolabhavadhana Hydro Power Plant at Nakhon Ratchasima has become one of the most important energy production power plant in Thailand due to many innovative approaches used in its construction. Ranging from the one and only underground power plant in Thailand to how they are able to become the plant that has the most efficient energy production per each single plant in Thailand.

Lam Takong Jolabhavadhana Hydro Power Plant at Nakhon Ratchasima was constructed due to the higher demand of electricity which resulted in the construction of the first reversible pump storage hydropower plant in Thailand. The first phase is Lam Takong Hydro Power Plant, capable of producing 500 megawatts of energy by using 2 generators. The principle behind its operation lies within the use of electricity to pump the water from the dam and stores it in Khao Yai Thiang and then releases it for electric production when the demand is high. This helps reduce the amount of CO2 for more than 260,000 ton per year. The second phase of operation is Lam Takong Wind Turbine. It is the most promising site for electric production in Thailand. EGAT installs 12 wind turbines capable of producing 24 megawatts of energy. Still, there are some drawbacks as it cannot produce electric energy constantly. EGAT then builds this technology and converts it to be Wind hydrogen hybrid system, capable of producing 300 KW of energy. This process will help reducing the energy production from fossil fuel for 109.26 million liters and reduce the CO2 production by 264,148 tons per year. It corresponds with the government policy of sustainability and also contributes to the maximum benefit from both the plant and the society due to the reduction of pollution and environmental impacts the society receiving from electric production.